Osama bin Laden’s death revives ‘torture’ debate

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People gather outside Osama Bin Laden's compound, where he was killed during a raid by U.S. special forces, May 3, 2011 in Abottabad, Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden’s death has revived the debate over waterboarding and other interrogation methods the US and allies used on al-Qaida operatives. Some supporters of the Bush administration argue that those so-called “enhanced” interrogation methods helped lead CIA agents to bin Laden’s courier, and eventually to bin Laden.

Retired CIA agent Glenn Carle said that, based on his experience, he doesn’t think those tactics work.

“Instead of making you more easily manipulable … what it does is make you, the victim of these measures, simply a lot more angry, disoriented, but not more willing to share information,” Carle told KPCC’s Patt Morrison on Wednesday.

The New York Times reports that two al-Qaida prisoners who underwent the harshest treatment repeatedly misled interrogators about the courier’s identity. One al-Qaida operative did provide information about the courier, but the details of his interrogation are unclear.

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